Essay on Confucianism in Journey to the West

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University: University of Leiden 14 June 2012
Department: Language and Culture of China
Course: Visual Political Communication (BA3)
Semester: Summer Semester 2011/2012
Lecturer: Florian Schneider

Journey to the West
A Textual-Visual Discourse Analysis

Name: Stefan Ruijsch (Student No. 0620203)
Major: Chinese Studies, BA 3
E-mail: s.ruijsch@umail.leidenuniv.nl
Phone: 06-48369645
Address: Vrijheidslaan 256, 2321 DP Leiden Word Count: 9,387
Table of Contents

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1. Introduction………………………………………………… . 1
2. Theory………………………………………………………… 4 2.1. Discourse theory – A Short Explanation…………… 4 2.2. Confucianism………………………………………… 6 2.2.1. The Principles of Confucianism…………… 6 2.2.2. The Confucian
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Whether or not this was the actual production purpose of the 1986 Journey to the West series is impossible to prove. Nonetheless, with this in mind, a thorough academic analysis of the series’ content does justify a careful assumption.

Moreover, this thesis adds to the general pool of comparative textual-visual research. It illustrates the different methods of message conveyance that are used within different types of media, which is useful for any type of comparative multimedia study.

After an introductory section, this thesis will have a theoretical section, a section containing relevant background information, and a methodology section. Next, it will present a thorough comparative discourse[7] analysis. This analysis is based on sequence protocols of three chapters from Wu Cheng’en’s novel and the according partial episodes of the 1986 television series. Finally, the findings of the discourse analysis will form the basis for a careful interpretation of the television series’ production purposes.
2. Theory

This thesis will contain several terms and statements that, without explanation, might cause confusion or opposition. Therefore, it is necessary to first

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